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Some Helpful Tips for Older Preppers

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This old man was a prepper

By no stretch of the imagination am I a spring chicken, I am in my seventies and generally in good health.  Now I have been prepping for many years, close to fifty.  Years ago, I was much more physically fit and thought that bugging out on foot was the way to go.  Today I have had to temper a lot of my plans as I have gotten older and wiser.  I have become strong believer in the old saying that old age and treachery can overcome youth and skill.  Don’t underestimate older preppers.

Sure, we have different problems and many of us are not as mobile as we once were. …

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How to Keep Your Bug Out Bag Up to Date

bug out bagToday is a very busy day for me because one of my grandsons is getting married, so I have posted a guest blog to remind you to keep your bug out bag up to date.

Howard

Your bug out bag is more than just something that sits in the back of your closet or the trunk of your car to give you a nice warm fuzzy feeling when you go to sleep at night or watch the horror that is the evening news. You know it will save your life one day and you’ve gone above and beyond to do your research, get the best gear, and make sure you’ve got all the necessities and then some.…

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Nuclear Reactors and Materials are Vulnerable to Attack

nuclear reactorsOne of my biggest concerns resulting from the recent terrorist attacks made by Isis in Europe is that they had been doing surveillance on nuclear power facilities.  An attack on nuclear reactors could result in major casualties and widespread decontamination.  If they are working on this in Europe, I am reasonably sure they will also be working on it in this country.

The first thing that I did was to spend some time doing research on the location of nuclear reactors and other nuclear materials.  I found a website put up by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission  that has a good map showing the location of all the nuclear power plants in the US.   …

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13 Tips to Improve Your Noise Discipline

Tips Improve Noise DisciplineNoise discipline is the practice of minimizing ones noise signature so that it does not compromise your intended purpose. For a prepper, this can vary from trying to avoid attracting attention while bugging in to maintaining silence while traveling on foot.

Have you ever been outside in your yard when there is a power outage? Did you notice just how quiet everything is? You still have the sounds of the birds and the wind blowing through the trees, but many of the sounds we have been used to hearing are gone. Now imagine no motors or engines of any kind. You will be surprised at how far sound carries and you will notice sounds you normally never hear.…

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The Solo Stove, A Great Choice for Your Bug Out Bag

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The Solo Stove with it’s cup and  windscreen

It is not often, I write a second post about a product, but in this case, I am making an exception.  I love the Solo Stove  it is small compact and very efficient.  For many years, I worked as an arson investigator and I understand the science of combustion.  This is a stove that is well designed and makes very efficient use of the available fuel.

It is very easy to gather up the small sticks and twigs you need to cook with the Solo Stove.  One of its big advantages is that it is not a fuel hog. …

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Getting Home the Hard Way

The following is a guest post from Ed, a long-time reader of Preparedness Advice. It covers getting home during emergencies when vehicles are not available. This scenario could occur for a number of reasons, from earthquake damage to EMP, and preparing for this possibility must be part of your survival plans. 

Many people work in the city and have a long commute back home. Suppose your usual automobile commute were prevented and you needed to get home without driving?  What is your plan?

The questions you need to ask are:  

  1. How far is the actual ROAD MILEAGE you must travel to get back home?
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Foods for Bug Out or Get Home Bags

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Lifeboat rations

Recently I wrote a post on my belief that most preppers would end up having to bug in. Now even though I believe that, I still have a bug out bag and a get home bag in my car. Always have as many options as possible. A question that always seems to come up on bags that are kept in the car is what type of food will withstand the changes in temperature.

Over the years, I have seen all types of suggestions, from just a plain sack of whole-wheat berries to freeze dried meals. Now where I live foods in the trunk of my vehicle will be exposed to 100 degree F plus temperatures in the summer to below freezing in the winter.…

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A Bug In Plan is an Option You Always Need

bug inI have been giving a lot of thought to the subjects of woodcraft and bugging out.  One conclusion I have come to is that many preppers would be stuck and have to bug in even if they plan to bug out. This is particularly true if it is a sudden event, for example an EMP attack.  A bug out location that you do not live in or are not capable of reaching on foot may prove to be a wasted investment.

I know of people who have bug out locations that are several hundred miles from their homes.  Even with vehicles, this may be hard to reach in many situations, especially if there is martial law declared.…

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New Ideas on Get home and Bugout Bags

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Here is one of our typical bugout bags

While my primary plan has always been to shelter near my home, I believe that you always need at least a plan B, if not C and D. Back in the sixties, I can remember working on my first bugout bags. It was a simple 72-hour kit. It consisted of the absolute basics. Since then my kits have went through many evolutions.

Today I have three levels of get home or bugout bags.

The first is always in my car, this is my get home bag. It is designed to do just what the name implies, give me the ability to get home in an emergency.…

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Choosing A Good Sleeping Bag for After TEOTWAWKI

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U.S. Army sleep system

These last few days I have being giving some thoughts to sleeping bags.  Now whether you bug in or bug out, a sleeping bag can be your best friend in winter.  If you are stuck in a cold home with little heat or have to bug out in the winter, you will want to sleep as warm and comfortable as possible.

Now there are a few things that you need to take into consideration when choosing a sleeping bag.  First, what type of winter weather are you dealing with?  In my area if I go 20 miles downhill to the west, the temperatures will be relatively moderate, rarely going below freezing, but with rain and lots of people. …

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